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Whether you are young or old, big or small, everyone wants to have a perfect smile. Straight, white teeth are not only attractive, but also provide you with a new-found confidence when flashing your pearly whites. A friendly, beautiful smile is very inviting regardless of who you are speaking with. Much like detailing a car, your mouth needs proper preventative maintenance to continue running smoothly. Also like a car though, sometimes extra work needs to be done to keep things running smoothly and that's where cosmetic dental surgery comes into play.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
The most basic way to describe cosmetic dentistry is a form of surgery in the mouth. While there are many different procedures that one might require, the following are some of the most common issues that cosmetic dentists deal with:
  • Crowns - These are for people who, either by way of a degenerative disease or by some type of physical accident, are missing part of or most of a tooth. An unchecked cavity can dig through your enamel eventually reaching the root resulting in a root canal. This in turn requires protection for the dead tooth in the form of a crown. Likewise, a missing tooth can be filled with the use of an implant capped with a crown. Crowns are porcelain and metal fused together to create a substitute for the missing part of the tooth. After the crown is made using a mold of your other comparable teeth, it is then fitted into the mouth and attached with permanent cement.
  • Veneers – These are most often used on the front teeth to mask discolouration and give the patient a whiter smile. They are made of extremely thin porcelain or a highly concentrated resin and are bonded to the front of the teeth, adding aesthetic value to your smile. Veneers are long lasting, performing their function for up to 10 years or more before requiring a touch-up treatment.
  • Whitening – This is not actually a surgery, but still a process that only a qualified dental professional can perform. While there are many methods of whitening that provide minimal results such as toothpastes, mouthwashes, lightening pens, bleaching and the newly trending mall kiosks, only the procedures you receive from a cosmetic dentist will offer professional results. Depending on the clinic, most use either a laser to micro-scrub the tooth and get deep within the enamel to remove stains, or a combination of a whitening gel mixed with specific light frequencies. As this process requires a concentrated dose for a small length of time, it is neither advisable, nor practical to attempt the procedure at home. The mixtures used by dentists is three or more times stronger than over the counter methods resulting in 2-3 shade differences within a visit.
A professional cosmetic dental surgeon will take the time to listen to your concerns and help you choose a plan of action that is right for you. It is important that they show empathy to their patients and can offer reassurance when needed. Also ask to see before and after photos to compare results – this will give you a level of comfort with the dental surgeon's work and you can then begin a wonderful partnership caring for your teeth.

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